Must… not… break… salah!

I’m trying to concentrate on prayer, and the following conversation transpires before me:

Musfira: Iman, canna have a cotton candy?

Iman: Musfira, these are cotton balls, not cotton candy.

Musfira: Notta candy?

Iman: No, it’s not candy.  Do you know what this is made of?

Musfira: Cotton?

Iman: No, try again.

Musfira: Umm, cotton?

Iman: (rolls her eyes in big sister exasperation) Musfira, cotton balls are made out of sheep, ok?

And here we see a herd of sheep, grazing peacefully in their natural environment.
And here we see a herd of sheep, grazing peacefully in their natural environment.

Thankfully, I finish my prayer just before this insight into the wonders of nature.  Iman sees me smiling and loses some of her scientific confidence.

Iman: …what?

Me: Cotton balls are made out of cotton dear, not sheep. Sheep make wool, cotton makes cotton.

Iman: Right, hehe.. sorry Musfira.

Dare I say Iman looked… sheepish?

insert rimshot here.


Abez is a 50% white, 50% Pakistani, and 100% Muslim. She is also chronically ill and terminally awesome. She is the ever-lovin Momma of: - Khalid, a special little boy with autism - Iman, a special little girl with especially big hair -Musfira, an especially devious baby Spoiler, Abez is also Zeba Khan on

  1. Razia

    Oh you just made my day!I know exactly what you mean!Its been so long since I last made salah in peace that I forgot what it’s like!but those moments are too precious!
    I would love to meet u and your kids!!I

  2. Sumaiyah

    I can totally relate to this! I had my husband’s nephew visit us recently. I was in Qiyaam of Maghrib Sunnah prayer and this li’l kid jumps on the bed to reach the level of my shoulder n starts pulling my shirt yelling at me to unlock my phone for him. I controlled my laughter but when he saw me not reacting, he started pulling my scarf .. And.. I smiled… in.. Salah </3
    My husband then came to my rescue luckily! I still wonder how Imam Bukhari maintained his khushoo even after being bitten by a wasp 17 times 😐

  3. Taban

    Asalaamualaikum sister i need a tip on how to remain awake at night i desperately need it to manage my affairs

  4. Sabiha

    I just sat down to catch up on all of your posts. Number 19384 I love you : You make me laugh.

  5. Mirah

    Salams Abez,
    I love reading your posts and you have been an inspiration of faith to me, no exaggeration. I wanted your advice on something. I have had some health issues lately and I am having trouble coping with them. The docs don’t believe it is anything major or life-threatening, but I haven’t figured out what it is yet, as I am having different symptoms that seem unrelated. I just want to know what I am dealing with, and going through the exams and tests and waiting for results – you know better than I – is really difficult. Yet I don’t want my only consolation to be the fact that I am healthy.
    I am trying to explain these feelings to my loved ones but no one understands. They keep telling me that I am scaring myself and making myself anxious. I feel like I cannot open up, but I constantly feel the need to tell someone how I am feeling. to cry things out and have someone rub my back. I feel very lonely, and I am trying to remember that Allah SWT is Al-Wakeel. Any advice would be very appreciated. May Allah SWT reward you <3

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